Handbook
(This handbook is meant to act as a help for educators and parents to better understand school policies and culture. The contents of this handbook may change. Policies in this handbook do not take precedence over updated policies.)

Table of Contents: 

  • Visitors                                                                            Documents Parents Sign
  • Administering Medication at School                                ICSD Safe Schools
  • Attendance and Punctuality                                            ICSD Computer Acceptable Use
  • Check Out                                                                       ICSD Student Dress Code
  • Deliveries                                                                        Handbook (This document)
  • Discipline                                                                        Parent Compact
  • Enrolling Your Child                                                        Annual Field Trip Form
  • Entrance Age for Kindergarten and 1st                          Take-home Library Permission
  • Harassment and Bullying
  • Homework
  • Kindergarten and Extended-day Kindergarten
  • Messages for Children
  • Open Enrollment / In-district Transfer
  • Parking & Student Loading / Unloading
  • Permission for Field Trips
  • Recess
  • Safe Schools Policy
  • School / Home Communication
  • Student Appearance Standards
  • Student Personal Belongings
  • Student Wellness and Injury
  • Students Who Purposely Leave or Avoid Supervision

Visitors

All visitors are to check in at the office. Visitors should get a visitor's badge before leaving the office. 

Administering Medication at School

As outlined by ICSD policy JHCD, personnel only administers medication at school in order to make possible the full participation of a student in the programs of the school. Written parental permission and a physician’s order must be provided giving the school district authorization to administer medications. Medications should never be sent with a student. Forms are required for the parent to either fill out or obtain from a health care provider. These are listed in the district policy JHCD. Parents may also see detailed instructions, requirements, and safeguards by looking at policy JHCD

Attendance and Punctuality

Attendance is critical to the success of our students. Research has shown that even missing twice a month for a whole year correlates with failure to progress in reading. How can a student learn that is not here? The same goes for punctuality. Students who miss the first ten minutes of school missed out on not only the instruction and activity, but also the chance to make a comfortable transition to learning. Our hope is that parents will schedule appointments and vacations outside of school time. 

Check Out

Parents may only take their own children off campus. Students must be checked out at the office before they leave campus. Please plan to pick up your student in the office every time you check them out during school hours, including lunch time.  Be prepared to show ID.

Deliveries

Occasionally students will forget assignments, lunches, etc. Forgotten items should be delivered to the office and we will gladly help you get them to your student. To avoid disrupting an entire class parents should not deliver these items to the classroom. We ask that parents not send birthday balloons, bouquets, etc. to school. If these items are delivered to school, they will remain in the front office and given to students at the end of the day.

Discipline

When a student's behavior becomes disruptive to the learning process, teachers work with the student in order to modify their behavior. Teachers then work with parents to modify behavior. Teachers then create a behavior plan for everyone to follow. The principal may become involved. Consequences will be delivered along the way as a motivation for students to change. More severe consequences follow until the behavior changes.   

Teachers are trained to deal with inappropriate behavior in a detached, non-emotional manner. Teachers should never yell at students nor demean them in any way. We believe that the consequences should do the talking. Sometimes it is necessary for educators to act in loco parentis to physically guide or move a student away from a potentially dangerous situation. 

Like all ICSD schools East Elementary uses the skill building process to remediate students with behavioral problems. Students learn life skills that allow them to peacefully function in society and school. The process usually happens in the skill building room where students learn how to better understand themselves, their motivations and emotions, human communication, and how to better behave with others. Just like reading intervention is not a punishment but a service, so is skill building not a punishment but a service. Part of the curriculum of "skills" is called Zones of Regulation. This curriculum is designed to help students gain skills in the area of self-regulation. We have had great results in modifying behavior and resolving student problems through this thoughtful process. Parents are notified when their student is regularly involved in the skill building process or when behavior warrants deeper concern. Parents are the most effective teachers of their children. We ask for your support in modifying inappropriate behavior at school. 

Enrolling Your Child

Please be prepared with the following to enroll your student at East Elementary:

  • Student's original birth certificate,
  • Student's up-to-date immunization record,
  • Parent ID, or Guardian legal documentation, 
  • Proof of residence (ex: utility bill, lease agreement, purchase agreement)
If you live outside East boundaries you must also have an approved transfer request. This is available at the Iron County School District Office.
 

Entrance Age for Kindergarten and 1st Grade

Entry to Kindergarten is determined by Utah Law §53A-3-402- (5). Students may be enrolled "who are at least five years of age before September 2 of the year in which admission is sought." Students who have been enrolled in Kindergarten in another state who would otherwise not be eligible for entrance into Kindergarten in Utah will need to present documentation of attendance of at least 1/2 year in the state they came from in order to enroll in ICSD. 

Entry to 1st grade is determined by district mandate. Students may be enrolled "if the child is at least six years of age on or before September 2 of the current school year or has been enrolled in the first grade, or completed kindergarten in the public schools of another state prior to transferring to the District." 

Harassment and Bullying

Bullying and harassment are unacceptable behavior. We define these as repeated acts that endanger health or safety, publicly embarrass, demean, or threaten. We also do not tolerate retaliation or false accusations. 

In verified cases of bullying and harassment the consequences range from student separation to suspension and even safe schools considerations. We do everything in our power to prevent this behavior and to stop it when identified. 

It is common for students and parents to use the term bullying for simple student conflict. We ask that parents not use the term bullying for simple things like when a child cuts in front of another in lunch line, when two children have an argument or fight, or when students call each other names. These behaviors constitute student conflict, they are not bullying. We ask that parents think about how they handle child conflict in their homes. When these things happen most parents do not call their child a bully, they don't call a child fight assault, and they don't bring down the worst consequence possible on their children the first or second time. Please remember that we are in the business of teaching children. Of course we use suspension when necessary, but we always try our best to change behavior. 

Reports of bullying and harassment should begin with the student's teacher. Students may also report with Mrs. Willis, our skills coach, Mrs. Royer, our counselor, or Mr. Moyle. 

All reports of bullying are thoroughly investigated. Parents are contacted when the student behavior warrants concern. 

Homework 

We do our best to align our practices with current research. The purpose of homework is not to learn, but to strengthen knowledge and fluency. We also know that it is a common misconception that the level of rigor or quality of a program is measured in the amount of homework assigned; this simply isn't true. Elementary level homework should be short, easy to accomplish, and foster positive feelings in students about learning. 

Teachers will assign homework as needed with the purpose of strengthening knowledge the students already have. Scheduled, routine packets or sheets will not be used. Teachers will not base grading of homework on whether or not the student handed it in. Grades will be based on the proficiency of content standards. 

Teachers are to educate parents on their role in helping their child with homework. The most important parent roles are:  

  • Set a regular time and place for your child to work, 
  • Ask your child how the homework is linked to what they are learning, 
  • Encourage and prompt your child, but do not sit and help them complete the work, 
  • If your child reaches frustration due to lack of understanding, stop and let the teacher know the next day, 
  • Never allow your child to stay up past their regular bedtime to complete homework. 

Kindergarten and Extended-day Kindergarten

Classes: We have two morning classes and two afternoon classes. We have an extended-day class in the morning and afternoon for the students who need it most. We may add another regular morning class if numbers require.
Map for Walkers: Students that live within 1.5 miles of the school who do not ride a bus are split by Center Street. Students living North of Center Street will attend a morning class. Students living South of Center Street will attend an afternoon class.
Map for Bus Riders: Students that ride a bus to school will be split by the intersection of Main Street and Fir Street. Students that live North of Main and Fir will attend a morning class. Students that live South of Main and Fir will attend an afternoon class.
Unfortunately, these regulations do not allow for requests for morning or afternoon Kindergarten. Proof of residency will be required at registration.

Optional Extended-day Kindergarten (OEK) is a state funded early intervention program designed to assist the lowest performing Kindergarten students. After all the students have been assessed at the beginning of the year, the lowest 32 students are selected for the OEK program. As students progress and reach acceptable levels of performance at a Kindergarten level they are removed from the program because they no longer need it. Students may participate in the program as long as they maintain good attendance and behavior, and put forth an effort in their learning. Students who fail to do these things will be removed from the program. 

Messages for Children

Students will not be called out of class for phone calls or visitors. We understand things come up and you will occasionally need to get a message to your student. If this happens please call the office and we will be happy to take a message and make sure your students get it.

Open Enrollment & In-District Transfer

Iron County Schools allows for open enrollment contingent on three state-required provisions. Students may attend a non-boundary school as long as:

  • There is space available,
  • The student is not an attendance or behavior problem for the school, and
  • The parents provide transportation to and from school.

Parents requesting a transfer must complete the Request for Transfer Within District Boundaries form and agree to the terms above. This is done at the district office at 2077 W Royal Hunte Drive.

Parent Permission

The state of Utah uses what is called an "opt out" system, which replaces the "permission" system. We do seek parent permission at the beginning of the year for all of the year's events. Parents may opt their child out of specific activities. Teachers are to know which parents have given a blanket permission for the year, make parents aware of all activities, and ask for a blanket permission form when students move in. Parents may opt their child out of any activity they choose. In the cases where parents have not given blanket permission or have chosen to opt out of an activity, the teacher will arrange for the student to work with the school's skills coach or equivalent. 

Parking & Student Loading & Unloading

Parents may park along the streets to the North and South of the school and in the North parking lot. The South and West parking lot are for faculty and staff. Busses load and unload on the West side of the school. We ask that all parents drive with caution when around the school. None of us wants anyone to get hurt due to someone in a hurry. 

Recess

We hold outdoor recess year-round. If a student is well enough to come to school, he or she should be well enough to participate in recess. Parents, please send your children with the appropriate clothing and winter wear to enjoy this important part of school. Students may not stay in the building just because they do not want to go out. They must be with supervision. 

Teachers will not hold recess for more than 15 minutes at any given time. This is the limit.  

Safe Schools Policy

Our number one priority in public schools is to keep everyone safe. This policy identifies the behaviors that create an unsafe learning environment and that merit suspension or expulsion. The full Safe Schools Policy can be found in policy JFB.

School/Home Communication

It's important to us to communicate with the parents of our students. We do this through websites, newsletters, e-mails, and phone calls. All teachers use a newsletter at least monthly. Most teachers have a website with information. When you would like to communicate with your child's teacher, please e-mail them, asking them to call you. This is the most effective way to get in touch. Or you may call before 8:30 or after 3:30 to speak with your child's teacher. 

Student Appearance Standards

At East Elementary we do our best to create the most effective learning environment. One way to accomplish this is through standards of appearance. We know from experience that the way people dress and groom themselves affects the way they behave. Standards of appearance at the elementary level prevent distraction from learning and unwanted attention from other students. We do not want anything to distract from the learning process. All teachers and staff are expected to enforce these policies. 

The following are the dress and appearance standards at East Elementary. 

  • Students are to come dressed and groomed in a neat and clean manner.
  • Footwear must be worn at all times. 
  • Student clothing must cover underwear at all times including bra straps. 
  • Student clothing must cover shoulders, back, and midsection. 
  • We do not allow:
    • Revealing tops like tank tops, or spaghetti straps, 
    • Hats in the building,
    • Short shorts and skirts,
    • Excessive or distracting makeup,
    • Distracting hairstyles, this includes mohawks, faux-hawks with a fin, and unnatural hair colors,
    • Clothing with text or images of vulgarity, controlled substances, or illegal activities,
    • Baggy pants, headbands, spiked bands, chains, or any article of clothing that infers gang relations, and 
    • Tattoos or face or body piercings/jewelry. We do allow pierced ears with conservative, subtle earrings. 

Parents are responsible of assuring that their students are dressed and groomed for school. Students who are in violation of this code will be sent to the office. Office personnel will either fix the problem and send the student back to class or contact parents. Students may return to class once they are in compliance with the appearance code. 

Student Personal Belongings

Cell Phones: 

Students often bring things of value from home like electronic devices, toys, or playing cards. Parents may give children cell phones for emergency purposes. These items cause distraction in the learning environment and problems during recess. Unfortunately, these items may be stolen, lost, or broken. East Elementary is not responsible for damage or loss of student items at school. Students may bring cell phones to school as long as they are turned off and out of sight during the school day. At East Elementary this is from 8:55am to 3:30pm. If parents need to contact students during the school day they may do so through the office. Voice, video, or image capture is restricted. Teachers may allow it for specific, instructional purposes. 

Other Student Possessions:  

Electronic devices, toys, playing cards, etc. are not allowed at school. Permission may be granted for things such as show-and-tell, a special celebration, or in the case of a Bring Your Own Device program. In these cases, teachers will make parents aware of the exception. Noncompliance to this policy results in teachers confiscating the cell phone or item.

  • 1st offense: The teacher returns the item to the student at the end of the day. 
  • 2nd offense and on: The teacher only returns the item to a parent or guardian. 

Student may ride bikes, scooters, etc. to school; however, East Elementary assumes no responsibility for these items. 

Student Wellness and Injury

Parents are contacted when their child is involved in an accident or is sick. The school will try to contact parents, then emergency contacts in these situations. If no one is available, school personnel will attend to the student and/or contact emergency medical services. 

The Iron County School District does not carry an accident insurance policy for students. Students shall be covered by their parent’s medical plan or parents should apply for the students’ accident insurance. These forms are available at the district office at 2077 W Royal Hunte Drive. 

Students Who Purposely Leave or Avoid Supervision

Some students will stay out at recess when the class is called in. Some will run away because they don’t want to comply with directions. Some students are experiencing trauma in their home lives and run to avoid speaking with adults.  Whatever the reason when students remove themselves from supervision they are removing themselves from a safe environment. Students can injure themselves, others, or possibly leave the school campus without us knowing. Due to the unsafe nature of this behavior, school personnel take it more seriously than other inappropriate behaviors. The purpose of the response to this behavior is to ensure the safety of the child. 

The responses to this behavior may be:

  • Parent contact to retrieve the student,
  • Police officer contact to deliver the student home or place of parent employment,
  • Contact of child and family services agencies to assist in getting the student to a safe location, and
  • Suspension and/or a reduced schedule for the student in question depending on the severity of the behavior.  

Emergency Procedures

Iron County School District utilizes Safety Care procedures to do our best to ensure student safety when the students place themselves at risk. In the case of a child continually running away from safe areas, physical guidance is employed to get him or her to a safe location. When a child is in a state of heightened emotion, personnel may remain with the student in a room with the door closed to prevent the child from putting themselves in harm’s way. Physical restraint is used only in cases where the child may be endangering self or others. 

Established Pattern of Running Away

When students have run away from personnel three times, they have established that it is highly likely they will continue to run from personnel and safety. Public schools are not set up to deal with students who run from supervision. Therefor, once a student has established this pattern, the response to the behavior changes. The purpose of the response is to ensure the safety of the child and communicate to parents that this behavior will not be tolerated at school. 

The responses to this behavior are:

  • Suspension for the child until the parent comes in for a parent/teacher conference to plan how to keep their child safe at school, and
  • A reduced schedule will be put in place for the student until they demonstrate that they will no longer run from personnel and safety. This plan will focus on desired behaviors and how the students will be incrementally brought back to a full-day schedule.